Chiswick Albion Clinch the Double
Win over local rivals Tommy Flynn's secures championship
Chiswick Albion completed a Chiswick and District Sunday Premier League and Cup double on Sunday with a 4-2 win over nearest rivals Tommy Flynn’s. Albion made their intentions clear from the off as both Adam White and Nicky Wozniak created chances for themselves.
Then Flynn’s keeper made a crucial error allowing skipper Liam White to hoist the ball over him from distance to open the scoring in the opening minutes. Adam White went through but a brave tackle on the edge of the box denied the Albion a second goal. Flynn themselves had a pacy line up and Albion’s back four were kept on their toes through-out. Flynn’s defence was on the small side, as the Albion exploited this from set pieces.
On one occasion Vojin Soskic headed over from a corner. Albion were pressing for the second goal, but Flynn’s were not giving much away. Albion’s fortunes seemed to dip as Anthony Clarke; Albion’s left sided midfielder went off injured. Albion though had a strong bench and bought on Eugene Nouril. Liam White dropped into midfield, but the reshuffle allowed Flynn’s extra room whilst the Albion sorted themselves out. Thankfully this soon happened and the Albion went forward again with purpose. Dean Francis was hauled down on the edge of the box, and the defender was lucky to stay on the pitch. Robert Dawson sent the resulting free kick wide.
Right at the start of the second half, Albion doubled their lead. Nicky Wozniak robbed a dithering defender to set up Eugene Nouril. The classy forward went past a couple of players and then the keeper to clinically finish. This should have been the time for Albion, who only needed a point for the championship, but a couple of set backs were on there way. First Flynn’s forced their way back in the game following a free kick. The ball was at first defended well, but broke to the edge of the box, where a Flynn player drove the ball into the bottom corner. Worst was to come as Dean Francis was adjudged to have had his boot too high in the box, and a penalty was awarded. This was duly dispatched and the title once again in the balance. It has been a long season for the Albion, reaching two cup finals along the way, but they showed a touch of resilience to get in front once again. Nicky Wozniak was again the architect crossing for Adam White to bundle the ball in from a few feet out. The Albion saved the best move for last as Martin Salem crossed to Adam White whose header found Eugene Nouril who smashed the ball home. Albion last game now against Acton & Ealing Whistlers can only give Adam White (15) and Eugene Nouril (14) a chance at the top Premier goalscorer currently held by Gab Jones of Chiswick Griffin on 16.
After two successful seasons in the Chiswick League, the Albion are re-joining the West Middlesex Sunday League to take on the heavyweights of Middlesex football.
Albion Team: Dawson, Salem, White B (Wozniak M), Hughes, Soskic V, Clarke (Nouril), Wozniak N (Veazey), Francis, White L, Soskic O, White A
Sub not used Flynn
Man of the Match: Dean Francis
Champagne Moment of the Match: Eugene Nouril’s second goal that clinched the title.
Referee David Allen (Ham)
Match Report: Mark White